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  ABC    ABC World News With Diane Sawyer  

    February 27, 2014
    6:30 - 7:01pm EST  

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welcome to "world news." tonight, washout. 1,000 homes ordered to evacuate tonight. the big storm on the west coast, threatening mud and floods. already, accidents on slippery roads. and will the sandbags and barricades hold off the possibility of slides like this? attention, shoppers. for the first time in 20 years, a major change on those labels at the grocery store. and "real money." is this the most unsellable house in america? we'll show you lessons for everyone looking to make money on selling your home. can a doorknob make all the difference?
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good evening, to you on this thursday night. and we begin out west, on the front lines, where the sandbags are in place. the barricades are up. and everyone is hoping they are ready for the wind and water pouring in tonight. an evacuation order is in place for 1,000 homes. families already leaving in fear of floods and the mud. abc's david wright, now, starts us off in southern california. >> reporter: when it rains, it pours. and that's the problem here in drought-stricken california. already, these storms have whipped up waves, snapped trees, and caused plenty of wrecks on the roads. more than 100 crashes in l.a. county alone this morning, including this big rig. and the worst may be yet to come. here in glendora, they're bracing for mudslides. last month, these hills were on fire. we were here. >> this is only the beginning. >> reporter: the fire killed off the plants that glue the earth to the hillsides.
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so, you bring on the rain -- and you could see a tsunami of thick, rocky mud. landslides can travel at speeds up to 35 miles per hour. in 1969, a mudslide wiped out 160 homes here in glendora. it's scary stuff. >> it is because you never know. your home can be gone. this home might not be here. if you see pictures from 1969, all the homes up here, you can see is facia and the roof. that was it. >> reporter: what can they do to protect themselves? not much. but throughout these neighborhoods, they are installing concrete barricades, like these. think of it as a giant funnel, designed to channel the mud all the way down the street. the hope is, it'll leave all those houses intact. the barricades will be here for three to five years, until the vegetation grows back. >> it's not a lot of curb appeal. but if it's going to keep us safe, i'm all for that. >> reporter: from here, the storm heads to the frozen midwest, where blowing snow is
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wreaking havoc on the roads. and see that steam? it's so cold in minnesota, lake superior is 50 degrees warmer than the air. here in glendora, the forecasters say the second wave of the storm, with the heaviest rains, could hit as soon as tonight. but for now, it's blue skies, diane. >> all right, david. let's bring in meteorologist, ginger zee. she is also in california and watching this storm that will march across the nation. ginger? >> reporter: i assure you, clear skies for not long at all, diane. the clouds are already thickening. and the deepest and heaviest rain is going to fall, starting early tomorrow morning. we're going to be right there. and i want to show you what the numbers look like. it's not great because it will come so fast, so quickly. so, it's four to six inches of rain in the area just north and west of los angeles. even that little green spot closer to santa barbara, maybe. at seven inches, that's what that represents. let's do timing. that's what's important. on friday, the storm starts rocketing through southern
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california. you get the heavy rains. you get the gusts up to 60-mile-per-hour, 70-mile-per-hour, possibly of waterspouts and weak tornadoes coming onshore. and the storm hits the rockies and the sold air. it will make ice. freezing rain, sleet, that wintry mix. south of chicago, through indianapolis, parts of ohio and western pennsylvania, through the weekend. >> here it comes again on the weekend. thank you so much, ginger, watching the storm tonight. and next, here, tonight, an urgent headline for parents and schools across this country. it's about sacker. we told you about the risk associated with football and disabling concussion. well, tonight, for the first time, a soccer player has been diagnosed with a disease linked to repeated blows to the head. abc's chief national correspondent, jim avila, has the headline. >> reporter: american kids love to play soccer. long seen as the safe alternative to u.s. football. but today, for the first time, a soccer player has been diagnosed
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with c.t.e., the very same repetitive head trauma disease, found in some pro football players. >> our son, patrick, was doing headers at the age of 3. >> reporter: patrick granger died nearly two years ago. his brain donated to scientists at boston university, studying c.t.e. today, doctors announcing the frontal lobe of his brain was badly damaged. riddled with the same disease that leads to dementia and depression. >> getting hit in the head hundreds of thousands of times is not a normal part of life. it does not happen outside of sports and abuse. >> reporter: it's this move, the header, that is so dangerous for youngsters. players typically head the ball up to 12 times in a single game. watch again. that black and white sphere, traveling up to 50 miles per hour. and football players, are protected by a helmet. in soccer, there is nothing between skull and leather. >> headers as a youth, under the age of 14, should not happen.
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>> reporter: since the human brain doesn't develop until age 25, many doctors and even coaching clinics now advise parents against allowing header practice, until the age of 14. while closely monitoring their children for concussions. jim avila, abc news, washington. and today, in washington, the president talked about something very personal, his father. and other fathers who walk out on their children. and he offered a plan to help kids succeed, even when they're angry and have made mistakes. here's abc's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl. >> reporter: flanked by young men struggling to grow up in some of chicago's roughest neighborhoods, president obama opened up about his own troubles as a teenager. >> i didn't have a dad in the house. and i was angry about it, even though i didn't necessarily realize it at the time. i made bad choices. i got high, without always thinking about the harm it could do. >> reporter: a side of the
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president we rarely see. >> i could see myself in these young men. and the only difference is, that i grew up in an environment that was a little bit more forgiving. so, when i made a mistake, the consequences were not as severe. >> reporter: teens from chicago saw themselves in the president, as well. >> to my surprise, he was just like me. growing up without a father. and sometimes, not too concerned with school. >> reporter: today's event was to launch my brother's keeper, a mentoring program for at-risk youth. >> part of our initiative is, no excuses. it will take courage. but you have to tune out the naysayers who say the deck is stacked against you, you might as well give up. or settle into the stereotype. >> reporter: this is the third time the president has met with this group of teens from chicago. the last time was on father's day. and you can expect, he'll meet with them again. this, diane, is clearly a growth that he's established a close,
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personal connection with the president. >> a very different kind of speech today. thank you so much, jonathan karl. now, we head overseas to ukraine, where this was the image on the ground. masked gunman raising the russian flag. but russia made a point to reassure the united states today. telling secretary of state john kerry, that russia vows to respect the integrity of ukraine. they will not start an armed conflict. u.s. officials say they remain watchful. and back here at home, police are celebrating a victory against organized car thieves. a multimillion-dollar international ring of carjackers, hauled in and arrested today. and this gang is accused of stealing luxury cars and suvs and selling them overseas. abc's gio benitez shows us why dangerous carjacking is on the rise in america. >> reporter: watch how quickly it can happen. a carjacker pulls a gun on a man, in front of his house. demanding his car keys. to drive off with the victim's
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mercedes. and just before christmas, a carjacker killed justin friedland, right in front of his wife at the mall, to take his luxury mall. it's what authorities are calling a carjacking epidemic. and today, police broke up a sophisticated carjacking ring. accused of swiping more than $8 million worth of high-end cars. even allegedly pistol-whipping some of their victims. more than two dozen people in jail tonight. >> they will get what they deserve. >> reporter: the cars were stolen in new jersey and new york. to be shipped, all the way to west africa. these are some of the 160 stolen cars seized. and we're told, in west africa, they would have sold for a whole lot more than they're worth. this mercedes sells for $94,000 here. in west africa, it would fetch 30% more. that demand and new technology that makes cars improbable to hotwire, are fueling those crimes. and you're most concerned about the violence associated with
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these carjackings? >> well, it's probably the compliment to the car companies here is they made it so tough to steal a car in the conventional manner. they need the key. >> reporter: and getting that key means confronting the driver. gio benitez, abc news, newark, new jersey. and this next story is about all travelers. we told you about delta airlines last night, changing the way they give out frequent flyer miles. well, today, another big move by a giant airline. american airlines announcing they have done away with bereavement fares, the steep discounts given to passengers traveling at the last minute because of a death in the family or a medical emergency. american blamed the move on their merger with u.s. airways, which does not offer bereavement fares. and now, to a seismic change coming to your supermarket. and a nation of americans squinting at those food labels. today, the fda announced that
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those labels need to change, and the calories in big bold type. a kind of wake-up call about what we really eat. here's abc's david kerley. reporter: soon as you cruise the grocery aisle, the fine print on those 700,000 labels will tell you what you already know. you often consume more than one serving at a time. so, this is 2 1/2 times. you are going to drink the whole thing? >> yeah, of course. >> reporter: soda and other drinks are a perfect example. today, eight ounces is considered a serving. but that's just 30% to 40% of an average bottle. and we usually drink the whole bottle. so, instead of 100 calories, we are really getting 250. it's one serving to you? >> right. >> reporter: under this plan announced today, nutrition fact labels will now reflect how we really eat and drink, showing us how many calories we are consuming in big, bold numbers on the new-look label. this is a great example. ice cream, your treat at the end of the day.
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but admit it, you scoop out more than the standard serving. today, a half cup is a serving size. but we usually put a full cup in our bowl. so, that will be the new serving size. 130 versus 260 calories. a half bagel is considered a single serving today. but we eat a whole one. the new serving size, double the calories. me for a muffin. you don't eat just half. so, the whole thing will be the serving size. that's really more than 400 calories. along with the larger calorie count numbers, foodmakers will also have to list the sugars they've added. a more realistic look at what we're really putting in our bodies. david kerley, abc news, washington. and we have a note, now, about the high-profile trial involving a member of america's best-known political family. it is nearing its end. today, jury deliberations began in the case of kerry kennedy, daughter of robert kennedy, accused of driving while under the influence of a sleeping pill. she testified she took it by
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>> reporter: brian sanders is the realtor. >> basically, we got five structures. the main house, we've got the guest house, the pool house, the ballroom conference center. >> reporter: sounds good. only -- i feel like we're in a cave. >> yeah, it is a little cozy. the ceiling is down a little low. >> reporter: there's a hole in the wall. >> there's a hole in the wall. >> reporter: the dining room is full of mirrors. the living room and kitchen? full of lions. full of lessons for everyone selling a home. first, never be the most expensive house on the block. at $1.3 million, it's the most expensive house in the entire zip code. what is the average cost of a house on this block? >> the average house is $150,000. >> reporter: so, this is like ten-times. curb appeal is critical. studies show the majority of buyers won't even get out of their car if they pull up to a house with an ugly front yard. massive dolphin statue, no. and personality is a dirty word. that means this, and this --
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>> run, forrest, run. >> reporter: it is a true classic. the tale of a lovable, if naive hero. >> stupid is as stupid does. >> reporter: who embarks on an unforgettable decades' long and singularly american journey. >> my mom always said life is like a box of chocolates. >> reporter: a journey that continues, still, for the movie's oscar-nominated actor, gary sinise. >> try not to do anything stupid. >> reporter: a.k.a., disgruntled amputee, lieutenant dan. >> who would have thought that 20 years later, lieutenant dan would play a part in my life. the veterans and families and what happened to them after they came home from war. >> reporter: he formed the gary sinise foundation in their honor. and this month, took 50 gravely wounded warriors from their hospital rooms. and with a private charter, on an all-expenses-paid trip to
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where it all began for lieutenant dan, hollywood. men and women, such as bryan anderson, who lost his arms and both of his legs in iraq. >> he put together this event that will change a lot of people's lives. and give people the mindset that you can still be a whole person. >> reporter: the a-list-heavy celebration, starting at the film's ancestral home. >> welcome to hollywood and paramount pictures. >> reporter: and then, one more surprise. a cameo appearance -- >> mr. tom hanks. >> reporter: by the man himself. my name's forrest gump. you can call me forrest gump. >> i'd like to say, gary, you can see the enjoyment radiating off of you. so, thank you for everything that you've done. >> reporter: and on this night, the stars lining this hollywood walk of fame, are those among us who sacrifice for the freedoms
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we hold so dear. >> they should know that they're appreciated. >> reporter: gary sinise, with whom he calls his new generation of lieutenant dans. they are "america strong." josh elliott, abc news, new york. and a reminder, josh and our robin roberts will co-host a countdown to the oscars tonight at 8:00 eastern time. and the oscars live right here on abc on sunday. thank you for watching. stay in touch with us at abcnews.com. "nightline," later. and i'll see you tomorrow. good night.
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